A group of individuals who share a love of cycling and the outdoors. We will always stop for a photo, or to hit a rope swing… Rubber side up!
Where did Prolly is Not Probably go?
It is still here, and then some. PiNP was one person’s opinion and voice. Now we are a collective – a community of diverse opinions and rich stories.
What does the Radavist mean?
Rad + Atavist = RADAVIST
Why does a porpoise surf a wave, or a sea otter slide down a rock? Atavism is a primal trait in humans and animals that drives us to do what we do – what ought to come naturally. Atavism is why we ride the way we ride; From mashing the city on a track bike to shredding the trails on full suspension. Take the time to get rad.
Bikepacking and bicycle touring are great ways to explore new or old environments and experience the unexpected. Over the years Blackburn has been working on various types of gear to make your journey more enjoyable. Their latest ride movie, entitled Roll With It, is a collaboration between some rather unique individuals and now you can buy a photo book, which comes with a free download code. Or you can buy the movie on iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.
Head to Blackburn for more information and check out the book’s flip through above.
If you missed the galleries from Brian Vernor and Chris McNally, be sure to check those out in the sidebar…
You don’t have buy a ticket to Bolivia or Peru to enjoy a few days of bikepacking. Recently, Yonder Journal found themselves in New England for a quick stint in Connecticut and some extensive touring in Vermont, all guided by none other than UltraRomance. Dubbed the Mad Wikkid Bike Toouah, this trip took our heroes through country roads in the green mountain state.
This is too good and such a contrast to how I’ve been experiencing Scandinavia.
“A cycling documentary about a group of elderly people cycling nearly 250 miles from Denmark to Norway. Across the Western world, millions of elderly people live in care homes – often lonely, isolated and without mobility. But these elderly people are breaking free!
In particular, Marie, 96, and Finn, 81, overcome their issues and grow closer. The only problem is Marie thinks Finn is too young for her… “
All City’s Space Horse might be the most versatile (and popular) bike in their fleet. These speedy touring, all-rounder bikes have just received a few notable options, the first and most obvious being the integration of disc brakes. Other updates include a removable derailleur hanger and an expanded size range. The new Space Horse Disc comes available in size 43cm to 61cm, with 650b wheels in sizes in the two smallest sizes. Since it’s a disc brake bike, you could swap in your favorite 650b disc wheels in the other sizes too.
The MSRP is $1800 with a Shimano 105 build spec. See more information at All-City!
At first glance, this might seem like just another carbon fiber “all road” bike, but look closely and you’ll see Diamondback made some really clever and practical decisions on their newest touring model, the Haanjo EXP Carbon. First off, the 3×9 drivetrain. While it might not be as light as a 1x SRAM setup, it has the gear range you’ll need for extended dirt tours on steep roads. Next, the wheels. 27.5″ x 2.1 wheels offer plenty of ride-dampening for long days in the saddle. While the Haanjo EXP sports thru axles, it relies on cable-actuated disc brakes and barend shifters for both ease of repair and reliability. I’m liking what I see here. All for $2,300 complete as shown. Check out more at Diamondback.
Christopher Igleheart and Joseph Ahearne have over 50 years in joint frame building experience and have been working towards this end goal for some time now. Page Street Cycles was born from a desire to design and build bikes that are both fun to ride and highly functional. Chris and Joseph would like to bring a semi-custom frameset to you, the consumer for around $2,250, beginning with the Outback 650b, an off-road tourer with clearances for a 2.5″ tire with fenders. Page Street Bikes is open for business, so head over to their site for more information!
If you have been following Morgan on Instagram, then you’ve seen a few recent posts, documenting the first days of their massive tour. He and his wife Stephanie are riding from British Columbia to California (eventually) and documenting it both here at the Radavist and on the @FoundInTheMountains Instagram. What I like the most about this documentation is the daily updates on each photo, so follow along, wherever you might be!
“Cherrapunji is a region of Meghalaya, India. It is a hilltop plain where the sun shines brightly and storms rumble deeply. It was where I went to wrap myself in a blanket while I dealt with the split of Dan and I’s journey. Believing that it was also the splitting of our relationship and coming to terms with what looked very much like failure.
Once I had started cycling I felt comfortable but also very much alone, like a phantom limb I missed a partner. But as I climbed up more mountaintops and became more confident in my own ability I found the positives of being alone. Cherrapunji is a short about finding enough courage to set out alone on a bike tour. In a broader sense it is about women who do something courageous!”
Ok, maybe this isn’t exactly a Mad Max-level bicycle but it looks like it’d take on a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.
Bruce Gordon‘s bikes are mythical beasts and finding one used isn’t exactly easy, seeing as how many of Bruce’s customers bought a bike from him for life. Max picked up this bike off Craigslist, in fairly decent condition, yet built with a bunch of random parts and so for the past several months has been tracking down all the parts to make it complete again. That meant locating a Bruce Gordon “Chicken Neck” stem and getting it painted to match, ordering several PAUL component bits, getting a pair of the Bruce Gordon canti brakes and last of all: ordering those Compass Rat Trap Pass 26″ x 2.3″ tires.
The result is one rusty-looking touring bike, with big, plump tires and a riding position that’ll be comfortable for days, yet highly shreddable when need be. Jealousy besets me right now…
Roll With It in the South: A Florida Watercolor Sketchbook
Illustrations by Chris McNally, words by John Watson
Recently, Blackburn has been premiering their Roll With It film in various places around the country. To coincide with this premiere, artist Chris McNally submitted his watercolor sketchbook from the trip for us to share here on the Radavist. These are the sketches he made while on the bicycle tour through the deep, deep south. Enjoy!